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Welcome to the Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) Home Page 2014

Another year at the University of Calgary, another potentially promising season with the arrival of the first peregrine falcon on March 31st, 2014. It was spotted (no i.d. made yet) on its 'usual' vantage spot, the west-facing top roof area of Social Sciences.

Judy Powell and Irene Wade were able to both confirm the arrival of the first falcon March 31st. 

Two adults have been seen participating in usual courting activities, with the male (now confirmed to be 'Gary' - prev. mate of 'Callie') bringing food to the female, and our female spending time in the scrape and fussing about.

                                                      

 'Callie' (?) - ledge arrival on April 2nd     'Callie' (?) - ledge arrival on April 2nd (thanks to 'Frank')

  • March 31: first sighting of adult falcon (gender unknown at this time)
  • April 2nd: first sighting confirmed with arrival of falcon on ledge (thanks to 'lotus' - chat site member)
  • April 12: Both falcons viewed on ledge, with female 'fixing up' the scrape for egg-laying future
  • April 15: i.d. made via leg band, confirming it is 'Callie' long-time resident female (courtesy of 'birdsinger')
  • Apr. 26: 1st egg!!!! (6:03 loc. time)
  • Apr. 27-30: another 2 eggs laid withing this time frame
  • May 2nd: 4th egg spotted (6:56am loc. time)
  • June 2nd: 1st 'pip' (breakthrough of egg by chick inside) early morning loc. time - Happy Birthday!
  • June 4th: 2nd chick hatched today
  • June 16: 2 infertile eggs removed from scrape. Chicks doing well and growing fast.
  • June 25: 2 males were banded today - both doing well. (pics to come, courtesy of guest chatter 'Richard', who attended)
  • July 11: First fledgling successfully leaves early - around 7:30 am loc. time (thanks to various chatters and Irene for confirmation of this event) - is seen only days later on top of MLT!
  • July 18: 2nd fledgling leaves ledge - seems Fridays are 'the' day for departures.
  • July 19: 2nd fledgling returned to ledge after being found on or near the ground. Successful 2nd attempt to leave made next day.
  • Sept. 9th: 1st snowfall, yet Callie is not deterred (see 'more birds' links for pics)
  • Sept. 11: Last 'official' sighting of campus falcons - Callie arr. 6:28 am, left 10:49am (thanks to: 'neen, gfrd, and swatts' for reports)

falcon mates sharing prey (duck?) - brought by male on Apr. 22nd (screen grab pic by 'Richard')

Prey (duck?) brought by male on Apr. 22nd (screen  brought by male on Apr. 22nd (screen grab pic by 'Richard')

 

Gary guarding his 3 eggs (Apr. 30)

     Gary guarding his 3 eggs - Apr. 30: (thanks to 'Frank' for pic and i.d.)

4 eggs on show (thanks 'CBL') - May 4th  4 eggs on show (thanks 'CBL') - May 4th

 

Above 3 pics are from various 'chatters' (live cam chat site) - from 'pip' to chick (eyass) - born June 2nd.

        

 June 6th feeding screen shot (courtesy of 'gf')

                                                                                             

                                                                              June 16 feeding by mom (band nr.               

U2 courtesy 'Richard)

                                                                                                 

                                                                      Both males being banded June 25

Pre-fledging 'flappersizing' by 1st flyer then 2nd

Fledgling on 10th floor, Earth Sc.bldg. July 21st. (thanks to Melanie!)

                                                                                                                 Final sighting (Callie?) Sept. 11, 2014

Thanks to ALL cam site chatters who have reported in the egg laying/pipping/hatching to departure and sent pics., spec. uni staff, and all other photographers, mentioned and not. Special thanks to Paul and Irene.

I will continue to support this page at my remote location, and if any observations are to be reported, please contact Warren Fitch (fitch@ucalgary.ca), Irene Wade (inwade@ucalgary.ca), or myself (jilek@ucalgary.ca).

Thanks,

Elli Jilek

6-min. long video from local news, featuring 'our Callie':

http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=401487

Here are some short 'movies' sent Apr. 22nd, courtesy of 'yelloweyes' (chatter):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5ZsIiBGuaE&amp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7h6CSGDpEI

Short video of fledgling provided by: newbirdwatcher (uni staff?): taken July 11, 2014

http://youtu.be/z7X-cDCele4

For additional photos of this and other years' activities, other birds and scrape area, pls. refer to 'more birds' link above, and a new video link in the 'About peregrine falcons' page. The live cam feed runs from approx. March until Oct. It is now in hibernation-mode until next season. Thanks to Paul for all his technical support.

I will be working on this page during the year, and adding/changing things as needed, but would like to dedicate 2014 observations in memory of: 'ncmd and oemurr' (Margaret and Orla), who are no longer here to share their love of 'our' falcon family. You are missed by your falcon friends, both feathered and human.